What is the hardest thing about being an author? Owning your reality. Proudly saying that you are, in fact, an author, or a writer, wherever you are on your journey.
In my part of the world, a writer is someone who is yet unpublished, whereas an author is someone who is published.
A huge distinction for many, especially when it comes to earning the respect of your peers. It shouldn’t be such a big gap though, should it? A writer works just as hard as an author, just because they are yet unpublished does not mean that they are lazy or lacking or somehow less. It simply means that they are yet to find the right audience, or perhaps, that they are yet to find the confidence within them to submit their manuscript or to publish it.
Personally, people showed very little understanding of what it was that I actually did, until I was able to show them tangible evidence of my work, in the form of a paperback novel, up until that point, even though I had eBooks published, I lot of them considered my novels to be a hobby, something I did in my spare time!
The joy I felt when I held my first paperback in my hands was palpable, and, I am thrilled to discover, is a feeling that does not diminish with subsequent paperbacks. My latest novel, Caleb’s Song, brought me just as much of a thrill as my first novel did.
Wherever you are in your writing journey, be it a published author or simply starting out, is where you are meant to be. Don’t compare your journey to someone else’s, remember that your journey is just that: yours.